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• Santana was in the lineup Tuesday night as the third baseman for the Indians, but he will start behind the plate for the first time this spring Wednesday. Francona said the team will continue to work with Santana on how to divide up his playing time for the remainder of the spring.

"I want to see how he comes through the catching physically, and see how he does," Francona said. "We'll kind of go from there, see how much he would need to do it. Some of this is going to be talking to Carlos, because it's kind of uncharted waters. Not too many guys play third and catch and are your cleanup hitter. He's been really good about visiting with me and we'll continue to do that."

• Non-roster outfielder Nyjer Morgan, who sat out the past five days due to a mild left calf injury, returned to the lineup Tuesday night at Cleveland's center fielder. Morgan is competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder.

• Francona said there was no definitive update yet on Minor League outfielder Tyler Holt, who was injured on the final play of Monday's loss to the Reds. Holt slipped in left field and had the wind knocked out of him, according to the manager. Francona added that Holt was also examined for whiplash-type symptoms.

• On Tuesday, the Indians released the following Minor League players: right-handers Kyle Bellows, Manual Carmona, Bryce Stowell, Jack Wagoner, Thomas White and Rob Whitenack, and left-handers Carlos Diaz and Harold Guerrero.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian.
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